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Is being an electronics engineer a good job? Answered

It's getting about time for me to start getting ready for college and deciding what to do. I've started playing with electronics stuff, and was like this would be a cool job. Are any of you guys electronics engineers and would recommend it as a good job? What all do you have to do?




7 years ago

It's a Great job, especially if it's your hobby. Parts are easy to get and quick to put together. A lot depends on the company you work for. Working for a big company, you usually get little dumb tasks. Working for a small company is more interesting if the boss does no try to micro-manage. Make a pilgrimage to Burning-Man. After lots of experience become a consulting EE at least 50 miles from home base. Creativity is much more valuable then math and politics is in between. Make your own Luck.


7 years ago

i am also thinking this way. in mauritius most people who have done electronic engineer are design teachers in college, have opened their own repair service, or became maintainers in colas. there are other jobs as well that i don't.

i am also going into electronics engineering.

i want to know how much will it cost
how much time will it take.
how difficult can the studies be.
i'll finish my hsc a level next year in college and will need to go to an university so i'm a bit confused on what i should do

Formal Electronic Engineering is maths intensive. If your maths is marginal, EE isn't for you.

In the UK, EE takes 4 years to get an BSc I think


Get a good education and then look for a job.
Choose what you think you can do that will be generally useful/valuable.


As an addition to what I previously wrote - I generally advise students that it works best if you do something you have a genuine interest in. At some future date that interest may change or wane. there is nothing wrong with realising that and changing tracks or direction -

I was trained in electronics and serviced radar systems, I retrained in computer systems and serviced/commissioned computer systems, I changed to designing process control systems, I changed to quality assurance of software systems, I changed to teaching.

It can be the most fun you can have with your clothes on, when your project works right and it can be be the stuff of your worst nightmares, when something doesn't work, and you've spent 48 hours solid trying to fix it...and the customer is screaming, and so is the bank.

Your mileage may vary.

so did you spent 48hours on a stuff trying to fix it??? what were you fixing??

A giant variable message sign system for a local town's car parks.


My initial training was as an electronics engineer, I held several jobs in that area from maintenance of radar systems to R&D - I then moved into computing as a systems engineer and travelled all over the world 9as does my son now). Spent the last 15 years teaching so yes for me it has served me well.

I rarely have to throw things away either as I can repair them.

Well, my degree claims I am... though I drifted back to my first love, software. (With a bit of part-time locksmithing on the side.)

Exactly what you wind up doing depends on exactly what kind of electronics you decide you want to focus on and what company you work for. I was doing chip design for large computers, for a while; I also spent a bit of time doing volunteer electronic repair of hospital equipment. I have friends who have worked in precision measurements, communications, and other areas. One of the nice things about electronics (and computing) is that almost every industry these days needs at least some EE and CS folks -- to help design the tools, if nothing else. And I don't think EEs have saturated their job market to the same degree programmers have, though that changes almost continuously.

If you like solving puzzles, and can deal with working within constraints as part of the puzzle, engineering generally is a good area to consider. It can be very frustrating, but it can also be a lot of fun to find the solution that gives the best result for the least cost.

I do like solving puzzles. I'm also really good at math and science. Thanks for the input.